Yesterday I was mentioning to friends about the website emergencye.org, which is a great site covering emergency weather as well as national (U.S.) situations. You may not live in America, but it often has international information as well. The site is free and I get a daily e-mail, but you can sign up for phone alerts, etc. The great thing about them is you often read the results of a press briefing, say on Terrorism, before it makes it to main stream media...sometimes days before!
I'd found a new page on the site which was quite eye opening: Threat News. This is broken down into different weather situations (hurricane, earthquake, etc) as well as topics like Hostage, Lockdown, Power Outages/Blackouts, Hazmat, Gangs, Nuclear, Borders, etc.. Clicking on a topic sends you to a list of news stories. One of the most eye opening was on "Cell Phone Outage", which included a story about a local government agency blocking cell phones in a BART (San Francisco) subway system in fear of a possible riot over a local incident. It struck me how there's a fine line between public safety and having the ability to let your family know you're okay.
Evidently, I wasn't the only one to have that thought. However, my reaction wasn't as mean spirited.
Last week I shared about the group of hackers known as "Anonymous" here. Well, THEY didn't like what BART did either, so they hacked the site and shared all the employees personal information on line!
Makes you wonder: who hacks the hackers? Will someone target them before their next attack?
Tomorrow, I promise only a lighthearted 55, which makes for a better beginning to a weekend than mischief and mayhem.